My Brilliant (Research) Career, graduate research development day

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Tuesday 25 October 2016

This exciting new initiative will focus on career development for Graduate Researchers and will include a variety of informative and practical sessions ranging from preparing your CV, and interviewing skills, to building networks, career planning and identifying opportunities to position yourself in academia/ industry. 

We are also particularly excited to be launching our new Graduate Researcher Toolkit and to be welcoming and hearing from a very eminent keynote speaker, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin, CEO of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Professor Martin has a long and distinguished background in the Australian Parliament, including as Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as having had a successful career as a PhD-qualified graduate working in academia, the private sector and in public policy at the national level. He will be talking on 'Australia’s Economic Development and Future Directions and Opportunities for Research Degree Graduates'.

The My Brilliant (Research) Career day will be followed by the 2016 VUPA Poster and Awards Night.

Event details

Event program: My Brilliant (Research) Career October 2016

Open to: VU Graduate Researchers

Where: City Flinders Campus, Level 11.

This event is part of the Victoria University Research Festival, taking place 17-28 October 2016.

To register: Register online


Professor Helen Borland

Professor Helen Borland is the Dean of Graduate Research. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the University's research degree programs, including researcher development and support for graduate research candidates across the colleges, and policy development and administration of VU’s graduate research program. Helen is passionate about the role and value of graduate research and is an active contributor to national and international discussions about graduate research education. She is a recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Peak Award for research supervision and has supervised many research candidates to the completion of their degrees.

Dr Rose Lucas

After many years teaching literary studies at Monash, Dr Rose Lucas is currently project leader for the Doctoral Learning Program at VU where, in conjunction with the academic team in the GRC, she has devised and built the Graduate Researcher Toolkit. She also teaches in the PhD coursework units and supervises and teaches in the Colleges of Arts and Education. In addition, she is a prize-winning poet.

Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin

Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin has had a long and distinguished background in the Australian Parliament, academia and the private sector. His current appointments include:

  • Chief Executive, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA);
  • Chairman, Bank of China (Australia) Ltd;
  • Visiting Professor and Chair, Manufacturing Innovation Global Challenges Program, University of Wollongong;
  • Chairman, Global Science and Technology Forum, Singapore;

Professor Martin represented the NSW-based electorates of Macarthur and Cunningham in the Australian Parliament 1984-2002. In Government, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Chairman of the Inquiry into the Australian Banking Industry. As a member of the Shadow Cabinet, he held portfolios in Defence, Small Business, and Trade and Tourism. After retiring from Parliament, Professor Martin held a number of senior executive roles in academia, including President/Chief Executive Officer of the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Pro Vice Chancellor International at Victoria University, Melbourne and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Perth. He has undertaken a number of strategic and change management roles in the private and public sectors. His interests are in economics, education, politics, corporate governance, financial services, defence and trade policy, and sport.

As a mature-aged student Professor Martin completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Wollongong, examining financial deregulation.

Dr Faith Ong

Faith is a lecturer and tutor in tourism and events management and research methods. As a VU PhD candidate, Faith contributed to the university's research community in her role as a Research Ambassador and as a member of the reference group for the VU MyPlan. Her achievements include publishing in top-ranked journals and winning merit-based conference bursaries. Since graduating in May 2016, she has continued to teach while working on projects funded by the ARC and IOC.

Dr Elaine Tor

Dr Elaine Tor is currently the Biomechanist at the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) for swimming and athletics. She has completed a PhD in Swimming Biomechanics at Victoria University in Melbourne. This project was a joint project between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Swimming Australia and Victoria University which focused on the underwater phase of the swimming start. This research dealt directly with elite athletes and used a multi-disciplinary approach to combine the areas of performance analysis, biomechanics and skill acquisition.

Furthermore, Elaine has also published in the area of swimming competition analysis and is currently working on projects looking at aspects of the swimming turn. In addition to research experience, Elaine has extensive practical experience in swimming biomechanics at the AIS and VIS, having worked directly with some of Australia’s best athletes.

Dr Elizabeth Verghese

Dr Elizabeth Verghese is a Lecturer and Researcher in biomedical science for the College of Health & Biomedicine, with a primary research interest in novel therapies for renal cell carcinoma.

Dr Verghese completed her PhD by publication in 2010 at Monash University, on an Australian postgraduate award. She published some of the first international reports that a hair-like structure present on kidney cells, the cilium, could potentially drive kidney repair in both mouse models of kidney disease, and in human transplant patients with kidney disease.

Dr Verghese is currently investigating therapies for renal cell carcinoma. She is a part of the Price Laboratory at CHRE in Sunshine hospital. She is the chief investigator on several grants including one from the Betty Lowe Memorial fund, a research interruption enhancement grant from Victoria university and the Victorian University parental leave grant scheme. She also has a Near Miss Early Career Research development grant from Victoria University to investigate the role of the cilium in muscle repair.

Elizabeth was recently awarded the 2013 Victorian Young Achiever award for the BASF Science and Technology category. She was also awarded the 2013 Victorian University Vice chancellor's award for Research and Research training (Early career researcher).

Naomi Evans

Naomi Evans has been a member of the Career Development and Employment team at Victoria University for five years, helping undergraduate, postgraduate and VET students' resumes and professional media profiles fly. Her involvement in careers education classes, workshops and careers counselling for current students and recent graduates has recently been augmented by working on a Victoria Polytechnic project, "Towards Successful Transitions”.

Prior to this she worked for a number of years as an English as an Additional Language teacher and as an academic and study assistance tutor.

Dr Melanie McGuire

Dr Melanie McGuire has a background in both Chemistry and Psychology, completing her PhD in Applied Science almost 10 years ago. Dr McGuire took a non-academic path after her completion and has worked in Intellectual Property Law, Research Quality, Project Management and Researcher Development since finishing her doctorate. She is currently the Manager of Researcher Development at VU and is very passionate about assisting researchers to achieve their research career goals.

Dylan Styles

Dylan Styles is currently the elected President of the Victoria University Postgraduate Association (VUPA) for 2016. Dylan educational journey at Victoria University begun as a Diploma of Educational Studies student to now studying a Masters of Teaching (Secondary), Dylan is currently working on his research proposal focussing on ‘the benefits of Performing Arts for LGBTQIA student’s self-expression’. Dylan remains heavily involved in the student advocacy and union movement holding many roles including LGBTQIA Officer, Vice-President of Activities, President of VUPA and South Eastern Branch President of the Council of Australia’s Postgraduate Association (CAPA).
Dylan is hoping to seek future employment at VU to assist in further development in advocacy and events. Dylan is excited to continue his student advocacy as the Disabilities Officer of VUPA for 2017.

James Sorensen

James is currently completing his PhD with the College of Health & Biomedicine in the field of oncology and musculoskeletal physiology. He is also the President of the Victoria University Postgraduate Society, a committee member for the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science, and a sessional academic at Victoria University. James has recently published his work in internationally renowned journals and presented his research across the country. James was nominated for the 2015 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year Award (Science & Technology), awarded the 2015 Most Outstanding Honours Research Student (VU College of Health & Biomedicine), and more recently for the 2016 Victorian University Outstanding Student Alumni Award.  James is a current recipient of a 2016 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the Vice Chancellor’s Top-Up Award.


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25 October 2016, 8:45am to 6:30pm